Casino still possible in Massachusetts

Apr 1, 2008 7:00 PM

by Ray Poirier | Some of the country’s major gaming companies, including Las Vegas Sands Corp. (LVS) and Harrah’s Entertainment Inc., may have lost out when the Massachusetts legislature killed plans for three casinos in that state but that didn’t end the possibility of a casino being built.

Plans by the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe for a gambling complex in the town of Middleborough were aired for the second time last week as federal officials gather information before deciding whether to take the land in trust for the Indian facility.

Those in favor emphasized the need for jobs in the area.

"Every town in southeastern Massachusetts is expected to have a very significant population explosion in the next 20 years," said Judith Bigelow Costa, a longtime area resident. "These people are going to need jobs to survive," she said.

But an opponent chided, "It’s going to change the character of the town, and personally, it’s going to have a big impact on my daily life."